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How One Writer Used Smart Outsourcing to Earn 30% More

Freelance writer uses a contractor

A few years ago I made a shocking discovery.

I took a long, hard look at how I was using my time — and I was thoroughly ashamed.

This was the breakdown:

  • Market research on prospective clients: 20%
  • Marketing to prospects (cold-calls, emails, social media, blogging, website): 20%
  • Project research: 40%
  • Writing: 20%

Notice anything amazing about this?

I only spent 20% of my time doing the thing I loved best…the thing I was supposed to be making money from: WRITING. I spent the other 80% preparing to make money (i.e. research and marketing).

Of course, without marketing and research we couldn’t write great copy or get high-paying clients.

But think about this: Your writing is the only thing of any real value, in terms of income generated.

That simple thought led me to a really big idea. An idea that boosted my income by $24,000 a year.

Here’s how it works…

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Yes, Freelancers Can Get Health Insurance: 12 Viable Options

healthcare for freelancersIt’s that time of year again — the autumn leaves are spectacular…and come November, it’ll be time to figure out your healthcare coverage as a freelance writer.

It’s healthcare plan renewal/signup time, or — if you’re just contemplating making the leap into freelancing (and don’t live in a country with national healthcare) — time to figure out how to keep your family protected as leave the corporate world.

I’ve heard from more than one writer in recent weeks who’s hesitant to go freelance because the healthcare issue makes them nervous. And hearing that makes me sad.

Don’t let this be the issue that stops you from pursuing your freelance writing dream! This. Is. Solvable. Especially now, in the U.S., where I’m thrilled that there are more options than there were when I started my most recent freelance stint in 2005. (If you’re elsewhere, check out these emerging alternatives that help freelancers limit their risks if they become ill.)

Here’s a rundown of the ways you can get healthcare coverage as a freelancer — and some of my personal experiences with them):


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12 Free Tools to Help You Bid High on Freelance Writing Gigs

Toolbox for freelance writers

There’s nothing more exciting than getting a client nibble. It doesn’t matter where it came from, in that thrilling moment when you open their email or hear them on the phone.

Excitement! Visions of dollar signs dance in your head.

That is, until the moment you ask the client what they pay, and they say, “I don’t know — I was hoping you’d tell me your rates, or put together a bid.”

Gulp. Then you end up second-guessing yourself, bidding super-low, and wondering if you left money on the table.

And you probably did.

If you’re at a loss when you have to name your price, let me acquaint with you my toolbox for sleuthing out appropriate rates, and getting information about a prospect. Whether it’s a magazine or a business, there are ways of getting a sense of whether they’re a $10 million company, they’ve only got 5,000 subscribers, or have just three employees.

You can do this fairly quickly — and it shouldn’t cost a dime. I don’t usually spend more than 10 minutes researching a prospect, using free resources, before I have a clear sense of whether I think they will pay pro rates.

Here’s my list of research tools for getting company details:


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No Blog Visitors? How a Micro-Niche Blog Drew Big Traffic

How a high traffic blog can help a freelance writer build a career.I’ve always wanted to be a freelance writer, but I found myself asking that age-old question “what niche could I write in?”

So I started exploring micro-niches — topics that are very narrowly focused but related to larger niches.

That exploration led me to launch The Hirsutism Hub about a health condition where abnormal body hair grows on women, usually associated with more well-known conditions like diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and obesity.

My site launched in 2011. Today, it averages more than 20,000 viewers monthly and has been mentioned in New York Magazine, Yahoo Style, and Women’s Health. It’s also given me the credibility to write about health topics for other sites and brings in some monthly side income.

Here’s how a micro-niche can work for you:

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You CAN Write a Query Letter That Gets a “Yes”: 5 Resources

Freelance writer getting a gig after learning to write a query letter.Love them or hate them, queries are one of the most important marketing tools for any freelancer who wants to write for magazines. And the skills you learn from writing a good query letter also help business writers and copywriters pitch their potential clients.

If you’ve been sending queries off into space and never getting a reply, you may think it’s impossible to break into new magazines. But it’s not true! Editors are always looking for new talent.

To help you learn to write a query letter that will get you the gig, we’ve pulled together a collection of five of our best posts on pitching:

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7 Faulty Assumptions That Derail New Freelance Writers

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The Internet has brought us many gifts, as writers. But it also brings with it a lot of misinformation and confused notions as to how to go about building a successful freelance writing career.

If you make assumptions off the bat about how freelance writing works — instead of asking successful freelancers and finding out what’s really working today — you can waste a lot of time and energy.

So let’s iron it out right now, with a look at my top seven wrong-headed notions that leave new writers floundering in their quest to get paid:

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